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Monday, June 18, 2018

Our Week in Review (June 11th-17th)

Monday morning Nick and Alex had to be up by 4:15 am to leave by 4:45 to drive to a church in town get on a bus and take a trip to Dallas Texas to go to 6 Flags with a local youth group.  I set an alarm so I could make sure they were up on time but they were up before I was (proving when its some place they want to go they have no trouble waking up early :)  It was not horribly hot that day thankfully and cloudy.  They had a good time and did not get home til around midnight that night.  The rest of us stayed home on Monday which was also very nice after all the running around we have been doing the lately.


Tuesday afternoon I sat outside for about an hour to watch the girls swim.  After coming in we were all downstairs doing various things.  I went to the kitchen two hours later and Nick went out to take the trash and found one of his rabbits, his beautiful mini rex Snowball  had been drug out of its cage and killed, most likely by a dog.  Sigh... we have had rabbits die before but not like that...

Wednesday Chelsea and Liam came over to visit.  We put him in his little pool I got for him and he loved it!  He has one at home too.




Thursday was a VERY busy day.  In the morning we had a goat and sheep workshop that lasted from 8:30-11:30.  Then we had to run by the school and choose Nick's classes (one for each semester) for next year so he can play soccer.  Next up was the library, the co-op, and Walmart.  I made it home with just enough time to unload groceries and run Lily to piano.  After piano we loaded the camper and fed all of the animals so we could go camping.



It was a good camping trip.  We went to one of our favorite places, Jefferson Ridge.  I like it there because even though they have a swim beach you can also swim easily right outside the water front camp sites.  The children can swim most of the day.  We do all go in to the camper for a few hours each afternoon for a "rest time" during the hottest part of the day.  They can watch a movie or play games quietly. 




They thought this alligator gar skull they found was really cool

Emmie was proud of her big fish

She cleaned off the scales then after daddy had cleaned it, cooked it over the fire and ate it

Chelsea and the baby came to visit us on Saturday for a few hours.









We came home Sunday.  Nick and Alex had driven back Saturday to feed and water animals.  We had to feed and water again Sunday morning and then after lunch Alex, Christian, Emmie, and I drove about an hour to pick up our new goats.  It was a very last minute decision (like Thursday morning during the workshop.)  We cannot show our last year's goats as market goats and they cannot be taken to the state fair.  We can show them at county as commercial doe but that's all.  One of the people teaching the workshop breeds sheep and goat and had some goats left (its kind of late to be looking for show goats), so we decided to go ahead and buy two more females.  The idea is that we will hopefully breed last year's goats this fall and then will have babies to show next year or sell.  We will see how it goes with this goats we just bought and will decide to either try to breed them next year or sell them.  This whole animal thing is getting a  little crazy!

We did a little bit of school this week.  The girls did an art project from ARTistic Pursuits on Monday.  We did our Bible lesson from Bible Study Guide for All Ages every day and Lily did grammar out of Hake Grammar every day.  The boys did some math.  Emmie also read to me.  The girls were excited that their favorite author, Susan K Marlow's, two newest books released early and I bought them as a surprise.  Lily spent most of the afternoon yesterday reading.




Next week is a very busy week as well with several 4 H activities going on.

I hope you had a great week!

Happy Homeschooling!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Homeschool Crew Review: ARTistic Pursuits Art Instruction Books with DVD and Blu-Ray

 ARTistic Pursuits

We have used may products from ARTistic Pursuits Inc. in our homeschool.  We have found their art instruction to be easy to follow even for non artsy people, and we have produced wonderful artwork while using this curriculum.  It also has instilled a love of art in my children.  I was very excited to see that ARTistic Pursuits Inc. was releasing a new video curriculum for grades K-3 and even more excited when we were chosen for the review.  We have had an opportunity to use and review ARTistic Pursuits Art Instruction Books with DVD and Blu-Ray ,  Art of the Middle Ages.

 ARTistic Pursuits

ARTistic Pursuits Art Instruction Books with DVD and Blu-Ray for Grades K-3 will have 8 books in the series.  Six are available right now and the other two will be released over the summer.  Each book has 18 lessons, 12 of which are text lessons and 6 are video lessons. Each book is 64 pages and is designed to be completed in a semester.  The 8 books in the series move chronologically though history after Vol 1, Building a Visual Vocabulary.  This series will cover 4 years of art for grades K-3.  Each volume comes with a hardcover text, DVD, and Blu-ray discs.  Books in the series include:

Vol. 1 Building a Visual Vocabulary
Vol. 2 Art of the Ancients
Vol. 3 Art of the Middle Ages
Vol. 4 Artists that Shaped the Italian Renaissance
Vol. 5 Art of the Northern Countries, Renaissance to Realism
Vol. 6 Art of the Impressionists
Vol .7 Art of the Modern Age
Vol. 8 Art in America

In addition to the curriculum, ARTistic Pursuits also sells Art Supply Packs for each of the volumes if you prefer to buy everything together.

Art of the Middle Ages begins with a list of materials needed to complete the projects in the book and a note to the teacher.  In each lesson there are prep notes for the lessons for the teacher to read through along with a page or two for the teacher to read to the student.  Colorful works of art are included in the lesson part along with some questions to ask the students about the artwork.  There are 6 video lessons that give step by step instructions for making the artwork.  For the lessons that do not have a video lesson there are instructions in the book and an example of artwork that was made by a child.

Lesson 1 starts with a video lesson on Paper Loom Weave.  After creating a simple loom students can then make a woven crown.  In lesson 2 students use their weaving skills to weave beasts.  Lesson 3 is on Art in the Monasteries and students make an initial page.  Lesson 4 is on Art in the Basilicas and they make a mosaic.  Lesson 5 has students watch video lesson #2 on Panel Drawing.  In lesson 6 they make a panel relief.  Lesson 7's project is make a collage.  In lesson 8 they view video #3 and do stitching on burlap.  In lesson 9 they use oil pastels to color on burlap and stitch the fabric.  They watch video #4 in lesson 10 and do straw loom weave and in lesson 11 make an outdoor picture.  They view video #5 in lesson 12 and do book binding.  In lesson 13 they make a bestiary picture.  They view video #6 in lesson 14 and make a low-relief.  In lesson 15 they make a treasure bound book.  Lesson 16's project is to make a raised picture.  Lesson 17's project is to make colored glass windows.  The last lesson, lesson 18 is to make a statue.

I have been using Art of the Middle Ages with my 7,9, 11, and 12 year olds.  I knew the projects were designed for grades K-3, but my boys wanted to join in with what we were doing too.  We have been working on one lesson per week, except for the first lesson.  We did two weeks on that one because the first week we did the simple weave and then the next week made a woven crown.

I have been a big fan of ARTistic Pursuits Inc. and was very excited to see the new books coming out.  I love that they are designed to go chronologically through time so that if you wanted to you could match up your art lessons with what you are studying in history.  I was very excited to see video lessons!  Although the previous books did a good job describing how to do the projects, some times it is just better to see an example of it being done.  I am very thankful that they did this through a DVD and Blu-Ray.  Many companies have started streaming videos but that is very difficult when you have slow or no internet.  DVD is a much better option for us.  I thought the DVD lessons we very well done and age appropriate. We love the history that is included in the books and the beautiful artwork.  I also love that on the project page they always show a piece of child's artwork so that the children do not feel like they need to produce something that an adult would.

The books are wonderful.  They are hardcover and sturdy.  At only 64 pages they are thin but packed full of beautiful color art and instruction. 

Some of our projects

Lesson One Paper Loom Weave



 Woven Crown




Lesson 2 You Weave Beasts


Lesson 3 You Make an Initial Page




 Lesson 4 You Make a Mosaic






We were very impressed with Art of the Middle Ages.  In looking ahead we cannot wait to get through the rest of the projects!  My children were especially excited about the stitching projects and the book binding.  I can't wait to see if ARTistic Pursuits Inc. will do something similar for the older grades as well.

Members of The Crew reviewed a variety of the books in this series.  To see what my Crew Mates had to say, stop by the Crew Blog!


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Our Week in Review (June 4th -10th)

This week was VBS at our church.  I was the science station leader, Nick was the recreation leader, and Alex was the puppet during assembly and a floater (working where-ever they needed him.)  Anthony was my assistant and Chelsea and Liam came 4 days.

At the science station we had 2 scheduled activities every day related to the Bible lesson or a specific theme.  Our Bible school was named Rolling River Rampage so there were several activities that were related to water.  I also brought a few extra activities because we had extra time to fill.  I was not as impressed with this year's activities as I was with last year, but we had fun and I hope that the children learned something.

Day one we did an activity where the children drew a landscape and we talked about which way water flowed.  We also did an activity using solar paper.  I had never used it before but it was really cool.  Day 2 we did the Bernoulli bag where one breath of air can fill the entire bag if you do it correctly and we made and raced boats.  Day 3 we erupted a lemon using baking soda and tried to find out what types of materials can be used to clean up oil.  Day 4 we made life jackets for a peeled orange to make it float and did some experiments with erosion.  I also did fireworks in a jar.  Day 5 we made a water filter out of a coffee filter, sand, and rocks to clean dirty water and figured out how many drops of water a penny could hold.  We also did the diet coke and mentos experiment which everyone loves.











Monday after VBS we had a 4 h Jam and Jelly workshop.  We made strawberry jam, blackberry jelly, and blueberry jam.  We were really tired that day!





On the second day of VBS I had a little boy pass out on me.  That was not an experience I care to have ever again!  He was ok thankfully and came back the rest of the week.

Thursday Nick and Alex went over to help our preacher and his wife move.  He is retiring.  We are very sad to see him go.

Lily had her piano lesson.  She is doing very well with the piano.  Her teacher has added other books to her lessons because she learns them pretty quickly.  One day she wanted to learn a new song so she started playing Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee and had it memorized before her lesson the next week.

By Friday we were pretty worn out so we decided to not go grocery shopping until Sunday after church.  It was nice to be home the rest of the day!


I hope you had a great week!

Happy Homeschooling!